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Naveen Patnaik seeking immediate operationalization of the ‘Stop Work Order’ on construction work of Polavaram Project

Bhubaneswar:2/06/18;Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik wrote to Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan seeking immediate operationalization of the ‘Stop Work Order’ on construction work of Polavaram Project, till issues pertaining to Odisha’s interests are resolved. He stated that Odisha was not informed about the ‘Stop Work Order’ being kept in abeyance by Union Ministry of Environment & Forest, which has allowed the constructions works to go on without hindrance.

The construction of Polavaram Project is in violation of Godavari Water Dispute Tribunal award and is being done without assessing the backwater extent in Sabari and Sileru limbs in Odisha territory. It will lead to a situation that will permanently affect a large number of tribal people in Odisha.

Chief Minister mentioned that the consent of the state of Odisha was never taken in to account while changing the design parameters of Polavaram Project by Government of Andhra Pradesh and Central Water Commission. As construction of the dam along with spillway is going in full swing it will lead to submergence of large areas in Odisha.

Raising questions over keeping the Stop Work Order in abeyance, the CM asked for immediate halt to all construction on the Polavaram project till Odisha’s issues and concerns are addressed.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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